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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 8th 2016

Geo: 42.8744, -8.54331We again had a good nights sleep except Sue had developed a sore throat and had to take a couple of Tylenol to get her through the night. We were up about 7:15 and on the Camino about 8:00.Sunrise wouldn't be for another 40 minutes but the city lights were all that was needed. We intended to have coffee and breakfast before leaving town but nothing was open. There was no scenery the first hour to Boente, because of a pretty thick fog. There we had breakfast and were able to catch up with Lisa from Australia and Mark from ??? The fog lifted and we were in great rolling hills through pastures and large groves of chestnuts and eucalyptus, which smelled great and offered shade throughout the day.We have befriended dozens and dozens ... read more
Lisa and Mark at Coffee
Sun Finally Hitting Castaneda
Ribadiso da Baixo Bridge

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela October 5th 2016

4 October 2016, Tuesday, Ride back to Santiago. 2 1/2 hours by taxi instead of 4 days walking. This last blog is sent the day before Thanksgiving! A good time to express our thankfulness for a safe journey and our blessing to you all. Rain - we awake to rain and again think how fortunate we were to have had such good weather! Our breakfast turns out to be very nice with some of the best tortes and pastries we have had. Our spreadsheet clearly showed no luggage transfer. We initially thought it did and had bought bus tickets, then, we decided lugging bags on a bus was not our idea of a fun day. So at 0700 Harlan was up, walked down to the bus stop in the rain to try and sell our 15 ... read more
Goats outside our hotel dining room in Fisterre
On the road back to Santiago
Hotel Pazo de Altamira

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 30th 2016

28 and 29 September 2016, A Day in Santiago. These two days we reserved for visiting the Cathedral and the museums of Santiago. We met Chuck and Li as they had just arrived this morning. First order of business was to obtain our compostela. We go to the Oficina do Peregrino which is in a new location from last year. Areas for pilgrims waiting for a number to flash on a screen overhead that will indicate for them to move into the office, have been established all around an inner garden. I can only imagine how the pilgrims appreciate the fresh air while they wait in the heat of summer. Most pilgrims head right for the office upon arrival and, for many, it has been awhile since the niceties of a bath and clean clothes have ... read more
Li and Chuck arrive in Santiago
Early morning view of Cathedral from the square
Inside Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 28th 2016

27 September 2016, Tuesday, Padron to Santiago, day 28. Hotel Pazo de Altamira. 29 kilometers. Fitbit: 38,998 steps, 17.04 miles, 137 floors/stairs Our hotel, Pazo de Lestrove, is part of the network of Pousadas de Camino. This was a lovely stone structure with nice sitting rooms off of each bend in the hall way. This 16th century former mansion of the archbishops of Santiago is a restoration that is magnificently done. We left hotel about 0838 and walked back through town to the Igrexa de Santiago to join the Camino track. We have visited the church with the stone, allegedly where the disciples' of St James tied the boat bringing his body back to Iberia. We had also taken the walk up the steps to the statue and cross featured on the cover of Brierley's Camino ... read more
Santa Maria de Iria Flavia
chickens right next to Camino
Scandinavian trio

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela September 4th 2016

As a goal oriented person, I have been fascinated for a long time by the idea of walking the eight hundred kilometer long, one thousand year old Camino Frances (French) pilgrim Way from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees of southern France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwest Spain. By mid 2015 the idea transitioned from being a fascination to becoming an obsession. As with many pilgrims contemplating this walk, certainly the movie "The Way" provided me with inspiration and enough details to make me believe that not only was the walk feasible, but it was something I had to do. As an extrovert I looked forward to bonding with complete strangers just like Martin Sheen's character Tom experienced, although with considerable resistance on his part. Sheen's character was grieving over the ... read more
Bonnie and me hiking along the Rainbow Gulch
Hiking Rainbow Gulch
Linda and Bonnie, my hiking companions

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela August 10th 2016

For some weeks we had seen Camino pilgrims walking toward Santiago. From all over Europe, people walk to Santiago as a pilgrimage. They walk the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St James. We had hoped to see pilgrims, walking staff in hand, arriving to a huge welcome at the Santiago Cathedral. Unfortunately the main thing we saw was hawkers selling fake silver, gold and platinum coated walking staff outside the cathedral, while inside there were predictable flocks of tourists on a package itinerary following their appointed banner waving ‘guide’, who sports a big grin while he milks their pockets. We did however notice groups of weary Camino pilgrims resting on tatty rucksacks and leaning on well-worn sticks they had used as walking staff, waiting outside the cathedral as if at some time later in ... read more
Spain Nth - Arcade,Boiro, Santiago (25)
Spain Nth - Arcade,Boiro, Santiago (23)
Spain Nth - Arcade,Boiro, Santiago (22)

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela July 1st 2016

Nach circa einer Woche hat sich auch unser Körper an die täglich Strapazen gewöhnt. Beschwerden wie Blasen an den Zehen, Waden - Schmerz, Hüftschmerzen, und Rückenschmerzen welche einen großen Raum in der ersten Woche eingenommen haben, sind mittlerweile kaum ein Thema mehr... bzw. - werden akzeptiert und man freut sich, wenn sie dann mal wegbleiben. Man hat nun mehr Freiraum für Gedanken und Philosophie: zum Beispiel fragt man sich, da man ja sehr viel Zeit auf diesem Weg hat, welchen Sinn diese Wanderung eigentlich hat? Oder man fragt sich, habe ich bisher alles richtig gemacht? Ist das, was ich jetzt mache richtig? Was soll ich in der Zukunft tun um alles richtig zu machen? Man hinterfragt sinnige und unsinnige Sachen. Man denkt über Themen und Situationen nach, welche man sonst niemals abrufen würde – ich denke ... read more
via Gijon
via Gijon
Schilderlesen leicht gemacht

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 24th 2016

Durante o dia fiquei andando e pensando em como pagar mais barato no barco. 19 euros era muito caro!!! Meu orçamento era só de 15 euros por dia (alimentação, acomodação, entre outros). Desisti de ficar pensando em palavras e frases para convencer alguém que eu nem sabia quem era. Chegando no albergue, paguei os 6 euros da minha cama (dormitório com 10 beliches) e logo o hospitaleiro (a pessoa que trabalha nos albergues de peregrinos, muitos são voluntários) perguntou se eu pegaria o barco no dia seguinte. Neste caso, pagaria naquela hora o total de 25 euros!!!! - Moço, na verdade eu não sei ainda se vou pegar o barco. Estou pensando na outra alternativa. - De andar 28km??? - Sim. - O barco é mais legal! E o trajeto de barco é “A Origem de ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 24th 2016

Geo: 42.8804, -8.5463Wednesday, June 15 to Gonzar. A cold wet miserable day. It would have been a scenic walk except I mostly didn't see it – I had my eyes to the ground keeping the rain out and trying not to slip and fall. We passed into the updated 100 km. zone today. Most interesting sight today – 2 pilgrims on horses. It's an option, but we haven't seen many. Lots of frustrations today. We got to our albergue where we had reserved a private room only to find they had given it to another Charlie from the US already and no other rooms were available, so we were back to bunks again. (I know you folks who have already done the Camino are rolling your collective eyes – how spoiled these Copelands have gotten!) At ... read more
A rest stop set up by a homeowner
Pilgrims on horses
Muddy & Slippery

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela May 29th 2016

It had been a long night, but we woke to the sound of songbirds and gentle rain. All quite pleasant until you realised we were about to venture out into it. I got the gang roused by about 0550 and we started to gather our belongings in the dark with head lamps. The Frenchies continued to sleep almost oblivious of our movements. I guess their 28 km trek of the previous day knocked them out: note to self about our plans for an even longer Camino in a few year's time. Backpacks swung over our shoulders and down stairs to regroup. One final "emu parade" of the room and we were on our way. Greg's knee was OK but causing him some trouble. Of course the younger ones were completely fresh and raring to go. The ... read more
Walking in the rain 1
Alex walking
Alex walking 2

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